Closet Cleanse

It's been a really busy summer and, in case you haven't noticed, blogging has been forced to the back burner. I've missed it, though, so I hope I can get back to regular posting once the summer wraps up.

Aside from the usual drama that accompanies life with young children, I've had a lot of projects going on. I built a headboard as a wedding gift for my sister-in-law who lived with us almost three years before getting married in May. That will eventually have a post of its own, I hope, because I learned a lot since building my last headboard here.

I've also been working with my friend Alyssa at The Sieb Fam to update the decor for our church's children's ministry. You know, swapping out the 90's Noah's Ark wallpaper and cloud murals for a more neutral palette with bold geometric banners, world maps, etc.. It's a huge space that includes a large lobby and ten classrooms, so it's been pretty time consuming. But its wonderful to be able to give back to my church, and hopefully make a difference for the kids that spend time in those rooms.

On top of that, as you can see from the opening shot, I've finally tackled my kitchen closet problems that I mentioned a few months ago. We're planning to homeschool E for kindergarten this year, and I really needed a more efficient and useable storage space than this:

With crap.

With crap.

Without crap.

Without crap.

This closet is like the liver of my home—a hidden and unsightly vital organ that filters our household toxins. Let's just say that it was in dire need of a cleanse. My drill, toolbox, sewing kits, preschool supplies, chalk, bubbles, spray paint, brooms, mailing supplies and craft tools were all haphazardly crammed together. I got tired of thread spools falling on my head when trying to grab my hammer...

My kitchen pantry (to the left of the storage closet) wasn't too much better with its 30-year-old white paint and sagging particle board shelves. Normally I keep my trashcan against a wall in my kitchen, but I hated having it out in the open, so a big part of the pantry remix was to create a trashcan nook inside the pantry... 

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So, finally, after months of bemoaning their collective sorry states, I finally gave showed my closets some love. And now, I am in love. Check it out:

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And here are some side-by-side before and afters of both closets. It's amazing what a little space planing can do. Everything was just thrown in before, and now it all has a place, and you would not believe how much stuff actually fits. It forced me to get rid of the stuff I don't need anymore and to relocate other stuff to more appropriate spots around the house. I'm not quite finished moving everything in, and I did move my less sightly purple sewing kits out of the closet for the pictures. Ha.

STORAGE CLOSET BEFORE

STORAGE CLOSET BEFORE

STORAGE CLOSET AFTER

STORAGE CLOSET AFTER

PANTRY BEFORE

PANTRY BEFORE

PANTRY AFTER

PANTRY AFTER

Believe it or not, it was actually a pretty simple project. I did one closet at a time so we didn't have to live without both pantry and storage closet at the same time. Next week, I'll share more about the process for installing the new shelves and a basic source list. 

Happy Tuesday!